road toll transponder hacked

Steven M. Bellovin smb at
Thu Aug 28 11:58:24 EDT 2008

On Thu, 28 Aug 2008 17:55:57 +0200
Stefan Kelm <stefan.kelm at> wrote:

> >> is in operation in entire
> >> Germany. It does OCR on all license plates (also used for police
> >> purposes in realtime, despite initial vigorous denial) but
> >> currently is only used for truck toll.
> >>
> > How well does that actually work?  There were many articles in RISKS
> > Digest about problems with the early deployment.
> That's true wrt to early deployment. Given that the Toll Collect
> system has been up and running since January 2005 it (technically)
> runs surprisingly well. They have improved tremendously and are
> likely to sell their technology to other european countries.
I confess that from a privacy perspective, I'd prefer if it didn't work
that well...


		--Steve Bellovin,

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